Canada Sask. mother continues desperate search for daughter — two years after she went missing

08:45  16 april  2018
08:45  16 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Paula Bali continues to search the streets of Vancouver for her 17- year -old daughter Mekayla who went missing from Yorkton, Sask ., eight months ago. Mekayla Bali went missing from her hometown on April 12, 2016 and has not been heard from since.

a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: RCMP have been investigating the disappearance of Mekayla Bali since April 12, 2016.© RCMP RCMP have been investigating the disappearance of Mekayla Bali since April 12, 2016.

It has been just over two years since Mekayla Bali went missing, but her mother is determined she'll come home.

"Someone out there knows what has happened to Mekayla, or where she is, and we just ask them to share that information, please. End our misery," said Paula Bali, Mekayla's mother.

"We just want to know that she's okay. And she needs to come home. She's a beautiful young lady with her whole life ahead of her."

Mekayla was last seen at a bus depot in her hometown of Yorkton, Sask., on April 12, 2016. She was 16-years-old at the time.

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Paula has been actively searching for Mekayla ever since.

She has taken several trips to cities in Canada and the U.S., hanging posters and asking if anyone has seen her daughter.

a woman smiling for the camera: Paula Bali asks a man on Granville Street in Vancouver if he has seen her missing daughter.© Glen Kugelstadt/CBC Paula Bali asks a man on Granville Street in Vancouver if he has seen her missing daughter.

She has organized countless fundraisers and awareness events, while lobbying multiple organizations to help find her daughter.

In doing so, she has received numerous tips from people around Canada and in different countries, including the U.S. and U.K.

There have also been extensive investigations by RCMP.

Despite Paula's efforts — and the efforts of those helping her — there haven't been any confirmed sightings of Mekayla.

Paula said she's still hopeful, but the disappearance has taken a toll on her family, especially Mekayla's siblings.

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I know it takes a village to raise a child, but I think it might take a nation to find one that's missing. - Paula Bali, Mekayla's mother

Mekayla's younger brother has trouble pouring himself a glass of chocolate milk because he feels guilty not knowing if his sister has access to food, she said.

"That's something no little boy should live with," she said.

The ordeal has been trying on Paula as well.

"It's hard to believe it has been two years. Many days it feels like it's hours, and then other days it seems like an eternity," she said.

"She was a loving, gentle kid. She wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. She was nothing but a pleasure to raise as a child."

'I don't feel like she has passed'

Despite Paula's active approach, she said she fears people will forget about Mekayla.

"I know it takes a village to raise a child, but I think it might take a nation to find one that's missing," she said.

"I don't feel like Mekayla is gone. I feel like she's not safe, but I don't feel like she has passed."

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A benefit concert was held on Saturday night to raise awareness and funds to find Mekayla, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover costs associated with the search.

At the time of her disappearance, Mekayla was described as five-foot-two, about 115 pounds, with long ash-blond hair and blue eyes, occasionally wearing glasses.

The family is offering a $25,000 reward for her safe return.

"We're just desperate," Paula said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP or Crimestoppers.

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